'Good progress' in cleaning up Changi oil spill: MPA

'Good progress' in cleaning up Changi oil spill: MPA

MPA adds that no new patches of oil have been spotted along East Johor Straits.

SINGAPORE: “Good progress” has been made in containing and cleaning up the oil spill in Singapore’s waters following the collision of two container vessels, said the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on Friday (Jan 6).

The Tuesday night collision off Johor's Pasir Gudang port resulted in about 300 tonnes of oil being spilled.

At least three fish farms in the East Johor Straits were affected, with one farmer telling Channel NewsAsia on Thursday that he had already lost about 1,000 fish and that the damage could run up to S$700,000. Changi Beach was also partially closed for clean-up operations.

On Friday, MPA said that clean-up work is still going on at Changi Point Ferry Terminal, fish farms at Nenas Channel, and at Noordin Beach on the northern coast of Pulau Ubin.

Oil spill response vessels as well as containment booms and spill recovery equipment such as harbour busters, skimmers and absorbent booms and pads have also been deployed, said MPA.

It added that no new patches of oil have been spotted along the East Johor Straits.

Booms being deployed to block any possible oil residue. (Photo: Vanessa Lim)

Port operations remain unaffected, said MPA, adding that it and other Government agencies are monitoring the situation closely and will "carry out necessary clean-up efforts".

MPA said that members of the public who spot any oil patches in Singapore's waters or coastline can contact its 24-hour marine safety control centre at 63252488 or 63252489.

Separately, the National Parks Board (NParks) said the tides on Friday carried some oil to beaches in Pulau Ubin including Chek Jawa Wetlands. It said that over the weekend, it will be working with conservation volunteers to clean up Pulau Ubin's beaches. "These NParks volunteers will help clear contaminated sand and remove oil sludge in the affected areas. We will review requests from the public to support the clean-up operation on a case-by-case basis," said a spokesperson. NParks also said it is monitoring the impact of the oil spill on marine life.

Source: CNA/xk